Seven young student entrepreneurs presented yesterday their ideas at the Philips Innovation Award (PHIA) in the Energy Barn at EnTranCe. Philips, together with the Campus Management, organized the seminar in which students presented their innovative ideas in form of one minute pitches before a jury. The winner is working on a serious game for home rehabilitation.
The PHIA is the largest student business award in the Netherlands. Students form across the country are taking part in it. With their innovative ideas they can win € 50,000, – a wonderful start-up capital.
Some 30 students participate in the preliminary round in Groningen. A total of seven students pitched their ideas to a jury concisting of renowned entrepreneurs from Groningen and received feedback and tips to help them further.
It was striking that the Groningen ideas came mainly from the ICT and Health sector. The winner of this qualifying round, Sven Poortman, is an alumnus of Hanze University of Apploed Sciences, who has combined his knowledge of Nursing and Human Technology to a serious game for home rehabilitation.
The jury of the PHIA seminar in Groningen consisted of John Wolters; CEO Lode Holding, Semme Moolenaar; student entrepreneur and co-founder of the search engine for bands ‘Music BV’ and several Pharma start-ups and Frans Thunders; responsible for the Hanze University incubator, Cube050.
After this first round, the students, with the feedback from the jury, can get started for the national PHIA process. In the next round they continue to work on their business plan. Eventually five entrepreneurs will compete in the final in Rotterdam for the first prize of 50.000 €